The crossed UK and French flags represent the unique status of New Hebrides as a jointly ruled Anglo-French condominium that finally ended on independence in 1980 and the birth of Vanuatu. With no New Hebrides register, the Drover initially carried Fijian registration. In June 1966 -FED became VP-PAD when New Hebrides got its own block within the British Colonial system. It crashed at Tannu Island on October 22, 1966 with the loss of eight lives.
PK-ADB refuelling at Cloncurry, a regular stop on KNILM's Batavia (Jakarta) to Sydney service. When World War II spread to Asia in December 1941, -ADB escaped to Australia in March 1942 and was taken into Allied military service. Destroyed in an air raid at Port Moresby on August 17, 1942. Photo from the Dannecker Collection